Graphics cards are usually found inside a simple PC, a gaming PC, and a workstation one that needs graphical prowess. They are indispensable tools in those departments, and when it is needed in medical use, you bet AMD has something to do with it in the form of the Radeon HD 7850.

AMD Radeon HD 7850 BK300 PR

The Radeon HD 7850 is a capable Radeon graphics card both in gaming and OpenCL applications, where GPGPU computation is much needed. Analogic, provider of ultrasound machines have taken the HD 7850’s GPGPU performance into consideration, and have embedded it in their BK3000 UltraSound machine which is able to output high definition imaging. It isn’t everyday that we see news about healthcare and gaming, so it’s great to see one. Read the full PR below:

With AMD Embedded Radeon™ graphics technology, the new BK Ultrasound bk3000 ultrasound system delivers a new level of imaging and system performance

Manila, Philippines — January 14, 2015 AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) recently announced that the AMD Embedded Radeon™ HD 7850 GPU is enabling cutting-edge application performance for the BK Ultrasound, powered by Analogic, bk3000™  ultrasound system. Analogic is a leader in developing healthcare and security technology solutions to advance the practice of medicine to save lives.

“The AMD Embedded Radeon HD 7850 GPU with OpenCL™ provides a powerful and efficient pairing,” said Cameron Swen, segment marketing manager, medical applications, AMD Embedded Solutions. “This product is yet another proof point to AMD’s dedication to the healthcare segment through its technology, which helps facilitate crisp, detailed medical image visualization and other advanced graphics-driven capabilities, helping doctors provide improved care for patients.”

Analogic used OpenCL standard to gain access to the GPU for general-purpose computing, referred to as “GPGPU,” delivering exceptional performance and offering system and development cost reduction through cross-platform portability. As a result of using AMD GPU technology, Analogic achieved a 3x improvement in the amount of information in each ultrasound image and reduced time from capture to presentation. Traditional FPGAs and DSPs create a fixed, inflexible implementation that requires custom software targeted at specific hardware. Going to a software-based solution using OpenCL helps to further lower the development cost and provides improved long term value since the software can be used across product lines and through generation shifts.

“It was a critical design goal for us to implement a platform that delivered exceptional performance,” said Jacques Coumans, chief marketing and scientific officer, Analogic. “After reviewing the options available, we chose the AMD Embedded Radeon HD 7850 GPU for its excellent quality and scalability. The bk3000 ultrasound system, powered by AMD embedded graphics technology, delivers exceptional speed and image fidelity, which allows clinicians to identify anatomy and flow dynamics deeper in challenging patients.”

The AMD Embedded Radeon HD 7850 is based on AMD’s award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture to advance the visual growth and parallel processing capabilities of embedded applications. In addition to ultrasound, other applications for GPGPU include some of the most complex parallel applications such as terrain and weather mapping, facial and gesture recognition, and biometric and DNA analysis.

The new Analogic bk3000 ultrasound system is targeted for urology, surgery, general imaging, and procedure guidance applications and is commercially available in key markets worldwide.

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